Sierra Club Home Page   Environmental Update  
chapter button
Explore, enjoy and protect the planet
Click here to visit the Member Center.         
Search
Take Action
Get Outdoors
Join or Give
Inside Sierra Club
Press Room
Politics & Issues
Sierra Magazine
Sierra Club Books
Apparel and Other Merchandise
Contact Us

Join the Sierra ClubWhy become a member?

Backtrack
Planet Main
In This Section
  March 2003 Features:
Support Swells for Wild Utah
Bush Chips Away at Clean Air Act
Clean Power Comes on Strong
 
  Departments:
Alerts
Get Out, Get Active
Clubbeat
Victory
From the Editor
Frontburner
Profiles
Victory
Updates
 
Search for an Article
Free Subscription
Back Issues

The Planet
Updates

Printer-friendly version of this page

Not-So-Safe Tuna
For more than a decade, a "dolphin safe" label on a can of tuna has guaranteed that, in the process of catching the tuna, no dolphins were chased or encircled with deadly tuna nets. However, in December, the Commerce Department weakened the labeling standards so that tuna caught by encircling dolphins may bear the dolphin-safe label if observers certify no dolphins were killed or seriously injured in the process. The Commerce Department has agreed to delay implementation of the new rules pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed by environmental groups. For more information, visit www.earthisland.org/immp/.

Medical Waste Bill Vetoed
Missing an opportunity to help clean up the state's air and water, before leaving office Michigan Governor John Engler (R) vetoed a medical-waste bill passed unanimously by the state legislature in December. Senate Bill 11 would have mandated a moratorium on permits for new medical-waste incinerators, lower limits on the amount of pollutants a medical-waste incinerator can release, and a study of the environmental impacts of different methods of sterilizing and disposing of medical waste. To learn more, read the February-April 2003 issue of The Mackinac at www.mackinac.sierraclub.org.

Dead in the Water
Plans for a controversial deep-water container port have been scrapped by Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri (R). The Quonset Point project, long opposed by the Sierra Club, would have required dredging a deeper shipping channel in Narragansett Bay while bringing heavy truck traffic to North Kingston and the surrounding area. To learn more, visit www.sierraclub.org/currents/seaboard.asp.


Up to Top